Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer Reading

There are so many fun and wonderful things to do
during the summer time with your kids.

This summer one of the things that I decided to do
with my child, Matthew, who has Agenesis of the
Corpus Callosum, is the summer reading program at
our local library.

Matthew is very fond of books and has always loved
looking at books and listening to me read to him
since he was a toddler.

I am a big fan of borrowing books from the library.
It affords the opportunity to read and enjoy so many
new books with your child without spending the
money to buy each and every book that you read.

Of course, there are always a few favorite books we
discover that Matthew loves to read over and over
and those are the books that I will gladly
purchase for him (new or used) and add them to our
own book collection.

Several months ago when I was researching information
for the ACC Reading and Comprehension document,
I stumbled upon a particular author who writes
children's books by the name of Karma Wilson.

So we borrowed some library books by Karma Wilson.
They are a big hit.

A few of Matthew's favorites are:

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

We love this book! Mama and Matthew both. The
rhythm of rhyme carries the story along and
gives an appealing catchy quality that keeps
Matthew's attention. The "bear snores on" is a
phrase that appears often on the pages. Matthew
will anticipate it and is always ready to add his
own snoring sound effects. He laughs often
through this book when "wee slurps" (deee-licious),
"big burps" and one enormous "achooooooo" abounds.
This is a very fun, interactive book to read with
your child.

Check out the cute video clip of the book...

Bear Snores On

Matthew also likes:

Sleepyhead by Karma Wilson

A very sweet bedtime story with a mantra that makes
Matthew laugh. Three words that even my child (who is
non-verbal) can convey when it comes to bedtime...

"Just one more"

I also pay close attention, while reading blogs, to
the books that other kids like. I have found two
very special books that are Matthew's favorites
this way.

The first book came from reading one of my favorite
blogs about "Bugg" who has ACC. His Mama showed a
book called Happy Mother's Day by author Steven Kroll
on her blog and that's how I discovered what turned out
to be one of Matthew's most requested bedtime stories:

Pigs in the House by Steven Kroll

This rhyming story about three pigs who make
a "great big pig mess" is amusing and very cute.

Thank you bunches and bunches, Bugg's Mama.

And one more story we adore came by seeing a
picture of the book on another favorite site of mine...

Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell

An adorable book about spending the day at the beach.
We actually took this book on our recent family beach
trip. It's a favorite book of Matthew's and one that
he chooses to read every night.

Take a sneak peek inside the book.

Thank you lots of bunches, Violet and Mahaela's Mommy.
Violet is nearly 4 months old and she has agenesis of the
corpus callosum.

We are still exploring books this summer from our
local library and I have a few new stories on hold
that I can't wait to get and read with my child,

Have fun this summer and enjoy reading.

Does your child have a favorite book?

From pre-school to high school...I'd love to know
what your kid's favorite books are.


  1. These all look like such great books. Thank you so much for the heads up!

    Love, Bree

  2. Bree, (Bugg's Mama)

    You're so sweet. Thank you for your nice note and thank you also for helping me discover one of Matthew's most favorite stories, Pigs in the House by Steven Kroll.


  3. I hope you had a nice time at the beach. Did the weather cooperate with you?

    We will have to check out Pigs in the House! Thanks for the tips! : )


  4. Kelly,

    Thank you so much for your nice note. I hope that you enjoy reading Pigs in the House with your little ones. About the beach...I will reply in an e-mail to you. :)



I am very interested in reading your comments and
look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.